Photoessay: innumerable reasons to visit Pakistan

After the blog about travelling on a third world passport I got a lot of interesting feedback from people who try exploring the world on passports from Iran, Pakistan, and African countries. One of the most discouraging stories came from my good friend whom I met in Islamabad. It is bad enough to have a…

Hitchhiking the Karakoram highway in 2012

When planning your route into Pakistan through China – or the other way round – all along the Karakoram Highway, don’t forget that your last Lonely Planet guidebook was published in 2008 and researched in 2007. As you may suggest, many things have happened in Pakistan since, and not only the governments came and go,…

Milking goats in the hidden valley – the Wakhi trails of Pakistan

I was ready to leave. My last three weeks in Pakistan, on the Karakorum highway, were filled with mixed feelings. Travelling here was not easy, and being a single female traveller was not the main issue at all. In fact, most of the local communities belong to the Ismaili sect of Islam, the most liberal…